Flexible structural components can be attached to the rest of the structure using different types of joints. For instance, this is the case of solar panels or array antennas for space applications that are joined to the body of the satellite. To predict the dynamic behaviour of such structures under different boundary conditions, such as additional constraints or appended structures, it is possible to start from the frequency response functions (FRFs) in free-free conditions. In this situation, any structure exhibits rigid body modes at zero frequency. To experimentally simulate free-free boundary conditions, flexible supports such as soft springs are typically used: with such arrangement, rigid body modes occur at low non-zero frequencies. Since a flexible structure exhibits the first flexible modes at very low frequencies, rigid body modes and flexible modes become coupled: therefore, experimental FRF measurements provide incorrect information about the low frequency dynamics of the free-free structure. To overcome this problem, substructure decoupling can be used, that allows to identify the dynamics of a substructure (i.e. the free-free structure) after measuring the FRFs on the complete structure (i.e. the structure plus the supports) and from a dynamic model of the residual substructure (i.e. the supporting structure). Subsequently, the effect of additional boundary conditions can be predicted using an FRF condensation technique. The procedure is tested on a reduced scale model of a space solar panel.
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